Music at GMC
Three Counties Choir
O For the Wings of a Dove
O for the wings of a dove - these words from Psalm 55 are set to some of Mendelssohn's best loved music. It is accompanied in this concert by his deeply moving setting of the Nunc dimittis (Herr nun lassest du) and his Psalm 42 (As pants the hart). Robert Schumann believed that this was 'the highest point recent church music has reached' and Mendelssohn himself called it 'my best sacred piece'.
The concert also featured works by Purcell and Chorales by JS Bach for choir and organ.
The Three Counties Choir was started in 2011, having its origins in a choir formed to sing Messiah for the bicentenary of St George's, Bourton in 2010. The choir has given one concert every year since then, singing works from the classical choral repertoire. Rehearsals are led, organised and accompanied by Tom Wheare, Ros Wheare and Graham Perryman.
The Ad Hoc Chorale is a group of experienced singers which meets three times a year to perform a concert in a day.
After a Choral Scholarship at Selwyn College, Cambridge, Philippa Hardy continued her singing studies with Janice Thompson whilst teaching music at St Mary's Calne. She now studies with Liza Hobbs, is Director of Music at Knighton House prep school, and takes occasional private pupils.
Nicholas Spice is the publisher of the London Review of Books. He has conducted the Highbury Chamber Choir, which he founded, for the last thirty-two years.